Life isn’t all pleasure.
Most of it isn’t, usually.
Most of what we do from day to day is either neutral or necessary.
Going to work.
Taking care of family.
Sure, some of these might be fulfilling.
They don’t often bring “pleasure”, though.
Often, they’re the opposite.
We find that our time is spent doing things that we must.
Or that we feel we only do in order to do other things.
Many of us might only find a few things that bring us pleasure.
A handful of activities or vices that we look to for pleasure.
A meal out at a restaurant.
A drink at the end of the day.
An afternoon spent bingeing the latest season of a show.
There are countless ways we pursue pleasure.
Is it possible, though, that we turn to these for other reasons?
What if the rest of our life is so neutral, so necessary, that it’s not actually pleasure we seek?
What if we’re turning to these things to numb ourselves?
Turning a blind eye to the life that we’re called to live?
To placate our desire for more?
Have you considered if you’re stuck in such a pattern?
It might be food.
It might be booze.
It might be streaming.
Whatever it is to which you turn for momentary pleasure.
Is it simply about pleasure?
Or are you running from something?
Putting off pursuing your best life?
Avoiding taking action?
Pleasure certainly has its role.
As do distraction and escape.
At times, they serve our pursuit of a most excellent life.
Enjoying what the world has to offer.
At other times, they hold us back.
Keeping us just complacent enough not to change.
You are worthy of the best life.
Are your pleasures serving your pursuit of such a life?
If not, you are capable of change.
Capable of more.
You’ve got this.